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Got Grit? Contest Winner - Little Free Library

by Peter 15. May 2019 08:36

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Got Grit? Tyler Wadsworth Does.

Got Grit Contest Winner - April. Tyler Wadsworth was challenged by elementary school teachers to engineer a Little Free Library to allow easy access for children to borrow books. He utilized techniques learned from the BuildingSkills curriculum, with Jerry Phillips, STEM & Construction Skills Instructor at Clyde High School. He demonstrated GRIT by overcoming many challenges while creating the waterproof structure.

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Got Grit? Contest Winners Engineer Compass/Sundial

by Peter 30. April 2019 10:01

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Jacob and Jordan demonstrated that they've Got Grit

Got Grit? Contest winners, Jacob and Jordan, designed and fabricated a custom compass/sundial apparatus, with instructor, Martin Bryant, at Southern Lee High School. The engineering team was required to build at a specific 43.75º angle to match the sun’s shadow at North Carolina’s latitude. They displayed GRIT by overcoming 3D printing complications, friction and broken magnets. They also created a unique method for magnetizing the compass needle.

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ITEEA  awards Gilford High School Program Excellence Award

by Peter 15. April 2019 10:47

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At the recent annual conference for the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA), the Program at Gilford High School was recognized as one of only 37 programs worldwide to earn the prestigious Program Excellence Award in 2019. Dan Caron received this award for the fourth time, at four different schools, over the last 25 years. Sponsored by the ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering classroom programs on the elementary, middle or high school levels. It is presented in recogni-tion of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. Schools from all over the United States and around the world compete for this honor. Each year, the Program Excellence winners are recognized at the largest conference for Technology & Engineering Educators in the world. This year, the program at Gilford High School was recognized at the first general session of the conference where the award plaques and pins were presented.

Courtesy Gilford Steamer. www.salmonpress.com

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Got Grit? Contest Winners Fabricate Roller Caps

by Peter 12. December 2018 12:01

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Owen and Carter, demonstrated that they've Got Grit

Got Grit? Contest winners, Owen and Carter, challenged themselves to fix the district poster making machine, with instructor, Josh Ames, at Central Junior High School. The team had to precisely measure and fabricate new roller caps. It took much trial and error, 3D printed parts failed and technical drawings had to be revised.

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Got Grit? Self-Propelled Boat Engineer Does

by Peter 18. December 2017 08:27

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Hunter Wright, demonstrated that he’s Got Grit

Hunter had to overcome many challenges while engineering a self-propelled boat, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. His 3D printed design did not completely print and leaked. The boat would shift to the right and motor mount modifications were required. A custom switch was needed for consistent electrical connection and the boat was dramatically off balance during testing.

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